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Bewitching Salem, MA

WHY GO: The phrase “Witch Hunt” has been flung around pretty cavalierly lately, but here, in Salem MA, where it actually happened, the last Witch Trials in the New World will forever be held up as a cautionary tale of mass hysteria, religious fundamentalism, and unbridled power run amok. In January 1692, accusations of witchcraft […] Read more

Salem, MA Without Witches

WHY GO: Thought Salem was all about witches?  Make a beeline to the electrifying Peabody Essex Museum to discover that’s just not so.  Though Salem, Massachusetts is most associated with the Witch Trials, you can spend a few days here without experiencing anything witch-related at all.  One of the nation’s best – and dare we […] Read more

Studio Allston, Allston MA: Groovy, Man, On Boston’s Outskirts

Imagine entering a real life version of the Beatle’s Yellow Submarine, and that’s what you’ll find when you first walk into the lobby of Studio Allston Hotel in Allston MA, opened in April 2018. A mosaic of color above and below you – leading to and splashed on the elevators, it’s like a psychedelic Yellow […] Read more

Royal Sonesta Boston MA: Better Than Ever in 2019

You can just skip right on over to the Boston Museum of Science, or dip your toes in the Charles River from the back door of the Royal Sonesta Boston – a hotel in Cambridge MA that can honestly bill itself as a Modern Art Museum ever since it opened in 1964. At the time, […] Read more

Somerville MA: The Row Hotel @ Assembly Row and Culinary Davis Square

The Row Hotel at Assembly Row – Autograph Collection, Somerville MA The “Assembly” of Assembly Row, a mixed use development just outside of Boston, refers to the factory on this site that produced Ford automobiles, including the doomed Edsel, from 1926-1958. The developers of Assembly Row in Assembly Square – a relatively new neighborhood in […] Read more

Cambridge, MA Adventures

WHY GO: Because, with MIT, Harvard and Google within blocks of each other, Cambridge encompasses the highest concentration of brainiacs in the country. Don’t you want to tap into that?  Walk though Harvard Yard or the MIT Campus on a humid spring evening, and you may stumble across a world-renowned scientist in passionate debate with […] Read more

Boston MA: Immersed in Art – Good, Bad and Yours

WHY GO: You’ve seen Boston. Now, delve in! This getaway exposes you to art: Good, Bad and Yours. Poke around one of the Granddaddys of the Art Museum world, find avant-garde art in a waterfront box of glass, hunt for terrible compositions in a movie-house basement, talk to artists and gallery owners on a private tour […] Read more

Springfield MA: From Dr. Seuss to Basketball With Great Beer and BBQ

WHY GO: When Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote, “Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!  There are points to be scored.  There are games to be won,” he just may have been spinning lyrics about his own hometown, Springfield MA. You can score points at the National Basketball Hall of Fame, see […] Read more

MGM Springfield MA: Not A Gambler? No Problem

The Getaway Mavens are not gamblers. So, it’s really not like us to go gaga over a Casino where hoards of people stare banefully at bleeping, dinging, flashing slot machines – or at Blackjack and Poker tables – hoping for a payoff. But here’s the thing: though ostensibly a gambling hall, MGM Springfield, the first […] Read more

Plymouth MA: The Rock, Faith, and Libations

WHY GO: So, you think you’ve seen all there is to see in Plymouth MA. You’ve taken photos of “The Rock” and most likely have engaged with some of the original Pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation. But did you make it up to the National Monument to the Forefathers? To the Pilgrim Hall Museum? Or one […] Read more

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